Friday, January 18, 2008

You Call That a Conference?

Just in case you missed the ground-breaking news in the Baptist Press about 15 pastors from eight states who recently gathered in Jackson, TN because "they have concerns about the growth of Calvinism and the rise of a Willow Creek-style of non-confrontational evangelism within Southern Baptist churches." Sorry but I can not imagine a Willow Creek-style of evangelism ever coming out of a Calvinist church. I also promise that I will never use the words Willow Creek and Calvinism in the same breath again! What is real news to me is that (BP) called this small meeting a conference, WOW. Please take the time to read the entire article and then head over to Timmy Brister's blog as he gives some insight into this SBC summit.

"The SBC media machine, Baptist Press, has a way of making matters “newsworthy” that do not have the merits thereof. There are thousands of church staff who have “conference meetings” with higher attendance than this conference."

1 comment:

Coram Deo said...

All I can say is that if the Reformed/Calvinist SBC is responsible for producing men of God like Pastor Paul Washer then sign me up!

The sad truth is that those self-styled evangelists are likely caught up in the manifold errors of free-will Arminianism and thus they feel threatened by true conversions to Christ that bring much glory to God by emphasizing His sovereign electing grace in contradistinction to the flesh-pleasing, man-centered, “God’s done all He can and now the rest is up to you” psycho-babble that’s espoused by vast swaths of the professing church thanks to Finney and his modern day spiritual counterparts.

And on a Biblical note isn’t it interesting how we always find the sons who were outside the covenant jealously plotting and conspiring against the sons of the covenant? Here’s wisdom - just as He did in the first act of creation God is still separating the light from the darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not.